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 Imposition of Hands.Impropria’tion. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Latin phrases:   1
Æthipem de-albre.
Arnas arre.
Latrem lavre.
Pumce aridius.
In asino lanam.
   English phrases:   2
Gathering grapes from thistles.
Fetching water in a sieve.
Washing a blackamoor white.
Catching wind in cabbage nets.
Flaying eels by the tail.
Making cheese of chalk.
Squaring the circle.
Turning base metal into gold.
The elixir of life.
Making a silk purse of a sow’s ear.
(And hundreds more.)

 Imposition of Hands.Impropria’tion. 


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